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It's Spring and my Holly is brown! Did the bad Winter kill it?

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  • National Gardening Association
    Your holly bushes may indeed have suffered winter damage from the unusually cold temperatures this winter. Broadleaf evergreens like holly are especially vulnerable to winter damage because they keep their foliage throughout the cold months. Sometimes, as with your plant, the damage is quite obvious; other times you don't see noticeable symptoms until the plants go back into active growth. Damage can be relatively superficial and the plant will put out new growth; other times the buds or wood may be killed. The only thing to do is wait and see what leafs out this spring; then prune out any dead wood that remains.

    Posted 3 months ago

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